NERD of the MONTH Xxfruitcakexx

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ILSN:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Xxfruitcakexx: My name is Vanessa de Galicia but I go by fruitcake online. I started cosplaying around 2005 but stopped for a couple years after I got back surgery for scoliosis. I started cosplaying again in 2009.Since then I’ve been cosplaying a wide range of characters and I continue to challenge myself with new projects. I usually cosplay video game characters because I love video games and its easy for me to enjoy the stories and characters when I play.
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ILSN: What is the craziest story you could tell us?
Xxfruitcakexx: I don’t really have a crazy story but I do have some awesome experiences from cosplay. Last year at anime expo when I cosplayed Frost Queen Janna from League of Legends, my friends and I were stopped by a group of Riot employees and players. It was a super fan-girling moment especially when they said the loved our costumes. Its really a dream come true for cosplayers to be admired for their work by the people who made the game/anime.

ILSN: Do you have any projects coming up?

Xxfruitcakexx: I do! :D I’m actually working on several cosplays for my husband and myself. They are going to be secret projects for now but lets just say I am going to cosplay some of my dream cosplays so I am very excited to start on these soon. They wont be done till next year however. XD
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ILSN: Tell us about your website? ?
Xxfruitcakexx: I have many websites where you can find my work. I usually update my facebook page the most and I have all my pictures there as well as links to all my social media. I have a website (link provided on fb page) but I don’t update at the moment and I am working on improving it as well. I have an instagram, twitter, tumblr, storeevnvy, and cure. (all provided on the fb page.)


ILSN: How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?
Xxfruitcakexx:  I attended my first con in 2005. It was a small con in Las Vegas so it was nothing like how big cons are today. Even though, I saw many people in costume and many were my favorite characters. They were having so much fun and were getting lots of people to smile and laugh so I decided I wanted to do that as well. I always tell people my being a con goer and being a cosplayer are two different experiences at cons and I fully enjoy being a cosplayer.

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ILSN: What inspires you when you choose characters?
Xxfruitcakexx:  I am a huge gamer! I found it very easy for me to connect with video games characters because you have to play them. I find characters that I absolutely love. They can range from similar looks and personality as me or be totally opposite. I enjoy characters who are nothing like how I am because then I get to transform myself and be someone else for a while. Whether the character has a simple costume or an elaborate one, I enjoy bringing the potential out for each of my costumes. 

ILSN: Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
Xxfruitcakexx:  DC! :D I’m a huge batman fan! My favorite character is Cat Woman hands down! Her personality and outlook on life is one we wish we all had. lol No cares and just doing stuff for ourselves, but occasionally she helps batman out. 
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ILSN: What was your childhood like growing up?
Xxfruitcakexx:  Awesome! haha I am the eldest of three sisters. My sisters and I are easily compared too the power puff girls. I’m definitely like blossom, my middle sister, absolutely like bubbles, and my youngest sister is a buttercup. haha My sisters and I have always been close. We were very outgoing and hyper. We got into so much trouble when we were young I wonder why my mom never threw us out. lol Just kidding.  My parenst used to be against cosplay but I took them to Anime Expo one year and they loved it. I have a strong supportive family and I know without them I wouldn’t have accomplished as much as I have. 

ILSN: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Xxfruitcakexx:  Almost thirty and still dressing up. haha maybe. I see myself with my own family and I hope my children enjoy cosplay, anime, and videogames as much as I do. If not, i will support them in all they do and want to become.
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ILSN: What is the most interesting experience you have ever had at a CON?
Xxfruitcakexx:  Every time I’m at a con there is always an interesting experience haha Especially when I am wearing one of my bigger less mobile cosplays it’s always an interesting experience. If I have a huge prop or wings, its interesting site watching me shimmy through crowds trying not to hit, but end up hitting, innocent bystanders. lol The experiences that I will never forget are when people come up to me and tell me that i have brought their favorite character o life. That always puts a smile on my face because I’ve put a smile on theirs.

ILSN: What do you do to inspire yourself?
Xxfruitcakexx:  There are many things that inspire me. The drive from myself to want to cosplay my favorite characters as well as the motivation from my friends and family. Also people who comment, good or bad, really motivate me to want to keep going. There are many things/people out there, not just in cosplay but everyday life, that want to prevent you or put you down. It’s finding the people who support you and love you that really drive you to do your best, of course in the end, your cosplaying for yourself and not for anyone else.
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ILSN: What do you like to do for fun?
Xxfruitcakexx:  VIDEOGAMES! I grew up with videogames and will probably die with either a laptop on my lap or a controller in my hand haha I also enjoy singing and karaoke with friends. I was in choir since elementary and singing has always been a passion of mine.I also like to be outdoors and do stuff like hiking, fishing, and sports. 
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ILSN: What kind of music do you like?
Xxfruitcakexx:  All Kinds! Growing up I listened to country, rock, rap, pop, everything!! Iv learned to appreciate music not by the genre but by the beat, lyrics, and singing. I do dislike nicky minaj though… her rapping sounds like me at 8 yo when I tried to act cool to my cousins and pretended I could rap. lol

ILSN: What kind of nerd are you?
Xxfruitcakexx:  I guess i’m an all around nerd. lol I watch some anime, I play video games, I collect comics, I like movies and t.v. shows. I love what I love. 

ILSN: Is there anything you are promoting right now?
Xxfruitcakexx:  I do have a storeenvy that is closed at the moment since I moved and will be moving again soon. I hope to open it again next year when I settle down.
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ILSN: What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
Xxfruitcakexx:  I literally almost forgot my name when I met some of my Cosplay Idols at cons. I become forgetful and cant remember how to hold a conversation when I meet people I admire. Oddly enough, a lot of the people I admire, and still admire, I’ve become really good friends with. Does that count as nerdy or just fan girling lol
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ILSN: Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
Xxfruitcakexx:  I’ve had it happen to me a few times when I lived in Las Vegas. Vegas anime community is not as big so many people know each other. I used to work at a mall on the strip and all my encounters happen there haha.

ILSN: What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Xxfruitcakexx:  A figurine. A little girl gave it to me for being one of her favorite characters and I still have it. I really cherish it.

ILSN: What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
Xxfruitcakexx:  Hottest as in temperature or sexy? lol Temperature hot would have to be M.E.F.E. from black rock shooter. I have so much stuff on me and it wasn’t the most comfortable haha. The sexiest cosplay would have to be my Ame Comi cat woman costume. Its very revealing a leather haha
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ILSN: Favorite food?
 
Xxfruitcakexx:  Spicy food! Seafood is also my all time favorite! I could eat seafood all day though I know it wouldn’t be healthy.

ILSN: Favorite Movies?
Xxfruitcakexx:  Beauty and the Beast, Ghost, Star Wars, and I like watching horror movies!

ILSN: Favorite Video Games?
Xxfruitcakexx:  OMG SO MANY!! Super Smash bro games, The Tales series, League of Legends, Final Fantasy Games, Resident Evil games… etc.

ILSN: Give me the links to the following.
Websites. http://vanessadegalicia.wix.com/xxfruitcakexxcosplay
facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Xxfruitcakexxcosplay
twitter page https://twitter.com/xxfruitcakexx
youtube link. N/A

ILSN:  Also give me a bio, any videos, links you want me to promote such as up coming events.
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Xxfruitcakexx:  I will be attending San Japan Con in San Antonio! That is my next convention where you can catch me at :D

ILSN: Any final thoughts or words?

Xxfruitcakexx:  I encourage people to get into cosplay. Its a great experience and you learn so much about yourself and those around you. If not cosplay, loving to do something so much and having the passion is a great way to express yourself and no matter what anyone says, you love what you love and you do it for you.

NERD of the MONTH Kali Chung

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          1456598_466464913472908_555456976_n      Via Kali Chung “Cosplaying – They always say your first job leaves the biggest impression on you for your future jobs. My first job was working as a “mistress” at Medieval Times. I had to dress up in those RenFaire type of clothes and loved it. I was there for 6 months before transitioning to Disneyland working as Mulan (primarily) and other characters. At Disneyland I saw all the makeup and hair people and seamstresses work to create these beautiful costumes. That really ignited the flame for interest in character costumes. (I didn’t know it was called cosplay back then)

My very first cosplay that I did was Violet from The Incredibles. Then it was Ruena from Runes of Gallidon, an online fantasy world, Female 11th Doctor (Doctor Who), Lei Fang (Dead or Alive 5 DLC outfit), Tifa Lockhart (FFVII)… (working on my next one based on a video game character).

I’ve also been hired to cosplay various other characters for different events and shoots. That’s always fun!!! Sometimes it’s good to take a break from making and sewing and put on other people’s creative goods!

Videogaming – Love to play. RPG’s are my fave!

I wish to continue my journey in this industry and help out others along the way. My lifetime goal would be to make a living as an on-camera personality.

Very thankful for the friends I’ve met, life lessons learned, and great moments experienced. o^___^o”

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ILSN:   First question. Do you have any nicknames?
Kali Chung:  I go by Kal…like Kal-El…I love Superman~!1897840_516294171823315_1460944349_n

ILSN: Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Kali Chung:  Mmmmm…5 things: Listener, Eater, Exercise Enthusiast, Otaku, Sensitive Soul

ILSN: What inspired you to get into the entertainment industry?
Kali Chung:  In college my major was Entertainment Art and that allowed me the opportunity to work for a 3D animation company. As I was there, I came across actors’ headshots for the project we were working on and thought, “What is this?” That started my “Hey! I can be an actor!”journey. Modeling opportunities came first and then acting jobs. After several years I grew interested in casting and that’s where I am now. Ideally, I would like to continue as a casting director, working alongside my mentor and friend.

ILSN:  Any words of advice for people trying to get into the industry?
Kali Chung:  “Don’t stop believing. Hold on to that feeling~” (I’m singing that if you can’t tell) But it’s true. Go into it because you want to. Stay in it because you love the craft. The money and bookings will not always come so on those days you must remember what is your foundation, what gives you hope to continue in your craft.

1526460_480567532062646_2011764504_nILSN:  I love your youtube page. Tell us a little bit about your page.
Kali Chung:  Really? OMG, thanks so much for watching my vids! Originally, I had started a YouTube page with various videos, but then I got a manager who guided me into branding it to World of Kali. So in WoK my videos cover conventions/cosplay, food, and various other journeys that I want to share with others – including my trip to Disney Sea in Tokyo, Japan!1528760_489560704496662_1844404667_n

ILSN:  How was life living in Japan? How would you compare the culture with the United States?
Kali Chung:  I have to say, I love your questions! Living in Japan…I never thought it was possible to fall in love with a country, but there I was…waking up to the sun’s reflection on the many business skyscrapers in Tokyo everyday. And every night I would fall asleep watching the same skyscrapers stand majestically in the darkness…and smile. I know, so corny!!! But the way of life is different. Homeless people don’t ask for handouts; they keep to themselves or they let you pet their many cats that they have. You never feel scared or threatened even when walking around at 2 am. No tips for services. Every employee gives you their very best service and if you tip them, they freak out. Bathrooms are clean and efficient. Public transportation is fast and easy to understand. Grocery stores have FREE water refill centers so that you can always have clean drinking water at home. Food tastes amazing without all these crazy GMO’s that American food have. The people are polite and if you are too, everyone gets along perfectly. I can go on and on and on… Oh yeah! FLOORS THAT HEAT UP!!!68496_4677967426735_1158819905_n

969476_477065692412830_1542839058_nILSN:  Cool cosplay costumes! What inspires you when you choose characters?
Kali Chung:  Thank you! Anything can inspire me. I’m pretty random (you’ll notice as you get to know me more) and am open to suggestions. However, I will say that I must feel a strong affinity for whomever I cosplay as…

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ILSN:  What is the one cosplay outfit you are most proud of?
Kali Chung:  Ooh wow… that’s a hard one. Each one is special to me in its own way, but I would have to say my Violet from The Incredibles is the one I’m most proud of. I had a photo out there, but it got taken down when I disabled my old blog.

ILSN:  Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
Kali Chung:  Why are you making this so difficult?!

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Kali Chung:  Hard…and full of dreams for better places and people.

1402464_466470520139014_620233039_oILSN:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Kali Chung:  5 years from now I would like to travel to more places, be stable in the world of casting/entertainment, and hopefully be more involved in helping others.10336858_10203047036392763_1057213334705247204_n

ILSN:  What do you do to inspire yourself?
Kali Chung:  Meditate and pray.10314516_543647395754659_4767944127813119863_n

ILSN:  What do you like to do for fun?
Kali Chung:  Eat with friends and family, exercise, play video games, sing Disney songs, and watch movies/tv/anime.

ILSN:  What kind of music do you like?
Kali Chung:  My Pandora has stations for musicals, K-pop, and Christmas. I LOVE CHRISTMAS SONGS!1016523_550233382120_1450035959_n

ILSN:  What kind of nerd are you?
Kali Chung:  The kind that still sees myself as an awkward 13 year old with braces and goofy laughter…

ILSN:  What’s shows are you watching right now?
Kali Chung:  Revenge, Resurrection, Castle, Arrow… Waiting for the new season of Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Downton Abbey.

ILSN:  Is there anything you are promoting right now?
Kali Chung:  No, but I want to promote Yogurtland!

ILSN:  What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
Kali Chung:  Oh no…too many to list… I collected Marvel and Disney cards back in the 90′s and never told any of my friends, only my brother knew. We would go to the baseball card shop every week and use lunch money to buy cards and when we’d get home, we’d geek over the stats of Uatu, stare in awe at Captain Britain’s outfit, or talk excitedly about another Marvel all-out war that seemed to be going on.

ILSN:  Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
Kali Chung:  Only at conventions! It’s the best feeling in the world and I enjoy meeting new people!1476073_467403640045702_1908735188_n

ILSN:  What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Kali Chung:  A Barbie from the 80′s. Long story.

ILSN:  What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
Kali Chung:  Hahahahahahah!!! Ummmmm…Band Eeyore at Disneyland. Reason being, when I was dressed like him, I’d be the band conductor and flail my arms around energetically. That got hot fast.1499449_10152153800965883_443342732_n

ILSN:  Any advice to new cosplayers out there?
Kali Chung:  There are tons of videos and communities out there who will be there to encourage and support your creativity so just go and create your costume! First time is always the scariest and most exciting!

ILSN:  Favorite food?
Kali Chung:  Mirugai sushi

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ILSN:  Favorite Movies?
Kali Chung:  I appreciate all movies that I watch and there’s always something special about each of them.

ILSN:  Favorite Video Games?
Kali Chung:  Okami, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, X-Men Legends 1 & 2, Naruto: Rise of a Ninja, and Naruto: The Broken Bond.540024_10101662044621111_555445310_n

ILSN:  Give me the links to the following.
Websites: http://www.WorldOfKali.storenvy.com
Dacebook page: http://www.facebook.com/WorldOfKali
Twitter page: http://www.twitter.com/WorldOfKali
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/WorldOfKali
ILSN:  Any final thoughts or words?
Thank you so much for the interview! This was totally fun and I’m very happy that you asked me to be your Nerd of the Month!

 

 

(^___~)

*Kali Chung*

http://worldofkali.storenvy.com/

http://www.facebook.com/WorldOfKali

http://www.youtube.com/WorldOfKali

NERD of the MONTH Mila De

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This months NERD of the month is MILA DE!  She is a model from Las Vegas NV and represents the TMNT van!  She was nice enough to do a quick interview at the Long Beach Comiccon last year.

ILSN: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Do you have a mini bio about yourself?

Mila De:  My name is Mila De, I’m short. Born in Fayetteville, NC, raised in Highlands Ranch, CO and Castle Rock, CO, and now a resident in Los Angeles, CA! Graduated high school in Roseville, CA then moved to Las Vegas, NV. The oldest of four brothers and one sister. Raised by my mother who is a former model and actress, and stepfather who is a chef. I love food, mainly sweets! I have a toy yorkie named Miko, my friends like to call him Megatron because I call him Makoto, they think that’s what it sounds like. I have been modeling since 2008, have had features in music videos, small acting roles in television shows and movies, and in my spare time practices playing the guitar, ukulele, and/or piano.

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ILSN:  What is the craziest story you could tell us?

Mila De:   Hm .. I think I have too many of those, pretty inappropriate to share LOL! I slept through two earthquakes and woke up to my friends from Las Vegas and Roseville blowing up my phone asking if I’m okay. I don’t think that’s too crazy, but yeeeahh … my craziest story are not very appropriate he-he-he!

ILSN:  Do you have any projects coming up?

Mila De:   I do, but I was told to keep it a secret.. But another project is my outfit for Extreme Autofest Anaheim, which my good friend and designer JRock Ginger is helping me design, I’m so excited!

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ILSN:  How do you feel representing the Ninja Turtle Van?

Mila De:   I love representing the TMNT Van! Especially since one of my good friends’ is the owner, we always have fun anywhere we go with the TMNT Van.
It’s pretty awesome meeting people and families at shows and conventions who grew up to TMNT. I’m always in awe when I see families dress up as each character .. parents passing on something from their childhood to their children of this new generation.
The TMNT Van has become even more awesome because now there are REAL Ninja Turtles too!

ILSN:  What is the most interesting experience you had hanging out with them?

Mila De:   The most interesting experience I had with the TMNT Van .. has to be when I first saw the van at Hot Import Nights Pomona in March 2012 and met the owner. I was super stoked and nervous because it was the real deal right in front of me. When I met the owner of the van, Jason, a mutual friend of ours wanted to take pictures of me with the van, then Jason offered if I wanted to take a picture inside the van with the Michelangelo display — of course I said yes, hah. Another model and I got in the van and all the photographers started shooting. The other model grabbed Mikey’s head so she can kiss him and she basically pulled his head off. We just went with it continuing to take pictures as we made faces and Jason putting Mikey’s head back together.IMG_46318306723155

ILSN:  Who is your favorite Ninja Turtle?

Mila De:   My favorite Ninja Turtle has always been Michelangelo, because of his high energy and goofiness.img_1537

ILSN:  How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?

Mila De:   My photographer got me into cosplay! When my photographer saw me dressed up in my TMNT outfit at Long Beach Comic Con he said, “I have and idea for a shoot and I want you to do it.”  I looked at him and said, “Dude, I am so down!” And that’s how I got into cosplay :)

i-ffRGB6C-X2ILSN:  What inspires you when you choose characters?

Mila De:   I guess I get my inspiration from my childhood … all the cartoons and anime I used to watch, hah!IMG_79967692456489

ILSN:  Marvel vs DC vs Anime?

Mila De:   Ah crap! That’s a tough one -.-;
I love Marvel! I love Batman and Superman! I love Anime!

ILSN:  What was your childhood like growing up?

Mila De:   As a kid, my mom and I moved around a lot. My mom is my best friend, she knew I loved Sailor Moon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Power Rangers .. when she could, she would buy me something of the three. :)IMG_5722536358187

ILSN:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Mila De:   In five years, I predict I would have done majority of the things I want to do and working hard to make my dreams come true, be done with school, and most likely be traveling and doing humanitarian work, and speaking 7 languages by then.

IMG_5654296673130ILSN:  What do you do to inspire yourself?

Mila De:  I find my inspiration through my Sidekick, he’s my guardian angel.
He always believed in me, he’d say, “make it happen!” And to take it one day at a time, and take care of one thing at a time.

ILSN:  What do you like to do for fun?

Mila De:   I’m not much of a crazy party animal like I was when I was living in Las Vegas, but I still party and enjoy hanging out and goofing off with my friends. I enjoy the outdoors — going to the beach, hiking, going on random adventures and getting lost with my best friends, riding motorcycles. Playing on my PS3, Wii, or N64, or my roommate’s Xbox360. Even though I’m horrible at it right now I like playing either my ukulele, my acoustic, or piano, and singing. I almost forgot dancing in the rain, literally! Work is fun … sometimes, haha!received_m_mid_1392427867809_78537ce96d1e6b3f14_0

ILSN:  What kind of music do you like?

Mila De:   My top favorite genres of music is Rock/Emo/Acoustic, then EDM, then Pop, then Hip Hop/R&B.
I really listen to almost everything, I mean that.

ILSN:  What kind of nerd are you?

Mila De:   Hm.. I don’t even know how to answer that.
I have a about 50+ comic books on my book shelves with a bunch of paranormal, fantasy, romance, adult books from my favorite author. I have a lot of TMNT, Batman, and Adventure Time stuff at home. I curse at like a sailor when playing COD, playing Street Fighter IV on my PS3 or Wii as well as Super Smash Bros. Brawl with or without my friends. When I play Pokemon Puzzle on my N64 and I lose to Mewtwo it actually ruins my day until I beat him. Yeah .. I feel like I just told my life story LOL!IMG_5722536358187IMG_2996

ILSN:  Is there anything you are promoting right now?

Mila De:   I will be attending Long Beach Comic Expo and I am actually promoting for Extreme Autofest Anaheim at Angel Stadium both events on May 31st!

ILSN:  What is the nerdiest thing you have done?

Mila De:   Beaten my hard core gamer friends at the games they’re good at. I forget which X-Men movie it was, but my friends’ and I got into argument about a few of the characters and I went off naming almost each character and their powers/skills. Try to imitate character voices when I watch cartoons. I don’t know ..

ILSN:  Do people ever recognize you when you go out?

Mila De:   It’s happened a few times.

IMG_2986ILSN:  What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?

Mila De:   One of my fans bought me a Hello Kitty Necklace twice!

ILSN:  What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?

Mila De:   Hottest costume .. I guess it has to be the TMNT outfit.

ILSN:  Favorite Food?

Mila De:   That’s tough… I have a lot of favorites. All Asian foods for sure, sushi and noodles the most. Uh .. burgers, wings, salads, annd sweets.

ILSN:  Favorite Movies?

Mila De:   Too many favorite movies to name, I want to say both Despicable Me movies, Moulin Rouge, A Walk To Remember, Kung Fu Panda, Flash Point, Super Troopers, The Great Gatsby .. yeah, I have a lot movie favorites it’s hard to choose.IMG_2989

ILSN:  Favorite Video Games?

Mila De:   Pokémon Puzzle League on N64! Call Of Duty, Mario Kart N64 and Wii, Super Smash Bros N64 and Wii.

ILSN:  Give me the links to the following.

Websites.
Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/MissMilaDe

Twitter page: @miladeeee

Youtube link: missmilaboo

Also give me a bio, any videos, links you want me to promote such as up coming events.

Animation Toon Con – May 26th (http://tooncon.wix.com/animation)

Long Beach Comic Expo – May 31st
(http://longbeachcomicexpo.com)

Extreme Autofest Anaheim – May 31st
(http://www.extremeautofest.com/index.php/registration)
If you plan on going please use promo code “MILA” and receive a discount on your ticket purchase :)

ILSN:  Any final thoughts or words?

Mila De:   Thank you so much for this opportunity! My family, friends, fans, and supporters are thee most amazing people ever! Stay humble, eat your vegetables, annnnd don’t just sit around waiting for something to happen just go out there and make it happen!

New NERD of the MONTH Gwendolynne Gee!

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ILSN:  First question.  Do you have any nicknames? 

Gwendolynne Gee:  Well I do have a very long name, and with that being said growing up people loved to give me tons of different names. My family and close friends has made a game of how many nicknames you can get out of it. With that all said and done though, my main nicknames would be Gwen, or Gwennie

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ILSN:  I see you grew up in Alaska.  What were some fun things to do living out there? 

Gwendolynne Gee:   Oh how I miss Alaska! There is a lot to do out there, you just have to not be lazy. There is snow machining, mudding, snowboarding, but my favorite thing to do is just layout on the canoe with my best friend and float down the Chena River.

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ILSN:  What is your dream ride? 

Gwendolynne Gee:   Mine would have to be a CRX, Tiffany blue with white highlights, and a hello kitty stencil on the side!

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ILSN:   Cool cosplay costumes!  What inspires you when you choose characters? 

Gwendolynne Gee:   Awww thanks! I am far from an expert cosplayer! With the costumes I have made is just relating to my childhood, or my interests.

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ILSN:   What is the one cosplay outfit you are most proud of?

Gwendolynne Gee:   I would definitely have to say my League of Legends Ashe costume!!! It was my first costume I made from scratch!

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Gwendolynne Gee:   When it comes to comics, DC by far!!!! :D Who doesn’t love Batman??!! I also loveeeee loveeee anime!! I grew up watching it!

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ILSN:   What was your childhood like growing up?

Gwendolynne Gee:   I’m from a family of gamers. We have a family guild on WOW, my mom is actually the guild mistress. Believe it or not but pretty much my whole family games! Growing up was a little hard, my dad was in the Army. So we traveled a lot, I always had to restart on making new friends and such, but I am really grateful for it. I believe it made me cultured and open minded!

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ILSN:   Where do you see yourself five years from now?

 Gwendolynne Gee:   My goal is to get onto Super Street AND Import Tuner Magazine, I definitely want to travel all over the world and work with different companies and maybe get more into commercial modeling

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ILSN:   What do you do to inspire yourself?

Gwendolynne Gee:   I usually just talk to my family and friends, bounces back and forth of ideas that would be great for my career. Usually though I come up with amazing motivation when I go to the park on the swing set at night! I love looking at the night sky with the stars, clears my mind!

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ILSN:   What do you like to do for fun? 

Gwendolynne Gee:   I enjoy playing League of Legends, reading books, traveling, but most of all I enjoy eating hahaha I LOVE going out to eat! I am such a foodie!!!!!

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ILSN:   What kind of music do you like?

Gwendolynne Gee:   I enjoy all types of music, but my all time favorite would be EDM

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ILSN: What kind of nerd are you?

Gwendolynne Gee:   It’s a tie between a bookworm, gamer, or a Whovian….. I’m probably more closer to be a Whovian though

ILSN:  What’s shows are you watching right now?

Gwendolynne Gee:   Doctor Who DUHHHHH hahah I love that show! It’s so fascinating on what they can think of! I love how all the episodes all link together and yet each one is a different story! I just can’t get enough!

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ILSN:   Is there anything you are promoting right now?
Gwendolynne Gee:   I am currently traveling with Hot Import Nights! Please be sure to come out and say hello to me!!! Also you can get 5$ off your ticket with the promo code “GWEN” at www.hotimportnights.com

ILSN:   What is the nerdiest thing you have done?

Gwendolynne Gee:   I’m really not sure…. I mean I always do Doctor Who references….. Kinda sucks though because usually I will be the only person in the room who gets it!

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 ILSN:   Do people ever recognize you when you go out?

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Gwendolynne Gee:   Only to the car shows, I haven’t gotten that infamous yet ;)

 ILSN:   What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?

Gwendolynne Gee:   Nothing too crazy, just little things. 1016824_774094355934537_1294810425_n

ILSN:  What is the hottest costume you have ever worn? 


Gwendolynne Gee:   Oh my that’s a hard one haha, I personally love my 4th Doctor cosplay. Very, very, very sexy hahaha


ILSN:   Any advice to new cosplayers out there?

Gwendolynne Gee:   Oh no, I am new to it myself. Any advice you wanna give me? ;)

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ILSN:   Favorite food? 

Gwendolynne Gee:   My all time favorites would be either Italian or Steak!!!! hehe I love me some ribeye!! Yummmmm

ILSN:   Favorite Movies?

Gwendolynne Gee:   Oh I have a ton! What Dreams May Come, Untamed Heart, Walle, Aladdin, My Girl, and Benny and Joon are just a few (:

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 ILSN:   Favorite Video Games?

Gwendolynne Gee:   Where to begin! I LOVE League of Legends, Soul Caliber, Street Fighter, Zelda, Mario Games, Ultima Online…… ect ect!


Facebook page

www.facebook.com/thegwendolynnegee

twitter page
http://www.twitter.com/gwendolynneg

Also give me a bio, any videos, links you want me to promote such as up coming events.

http://www.hotimportnights.com/category/schedule/

 

ILSN:   Any final thoughts or words?


Gwendolynne Gee:   Thank you for giving me such a wonderful opportunity! Also giving me a laugh with all the photos you share on your page! I will say I am a fan (:

 

Aby Vee aka Bad Aby Nerd of the Month

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         599921_377014152357124_1439296019_nThis months NERD of the MONTH is Aby Vee Aka Bad Abby.  She is a model and a professional designer.  She is the inventor and designer of the “Shark Bite Monokini” aka The Sharkini.  Check out her interview.
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ILSN :  Tell us a little bit about yourself?  What is your background in fashion designing?

Bad Aby:  I am a FIDM sf alum 2010. I started making prom dresses when i was in high school (starting with my own) and ever since then i was destined to push my design limits and cultivate my talent. I’ve always been kind of the weird kid that can’t really take myself seriously, probably really misunderstood but i kind of liked it that way. I think my fashion really reflects that.
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ILSN:  Tell us about your website? ?
Bad Aby:  BadAbyDesigns.com is really just a place you can see my latest projects, link to my social media and stores and also get a feel for what my brand is all about. If you get ME, then you definitely get my brand.
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ILSN:  When you designed the “Shark Bite Monokini” aka Sharkini what was your inspiration?
Bad Aby:  Well sharks duh. i was designing a few custom pieces for a friends shark week party, and after several sketches, the “Shark bite Monokini” was just born. I didn’t really think too much about it, except that i thought it was really cool that it looked like a shark, but as usual, i thought i was the only one to see its awesomeness. i was def wrong lol.
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ILSN: Which TV shows have your outfits been featured on?

Bad Aby  I can’t even remember all of them, its been on CNN, WGM, Good Morning America, The Kelly and Michael show, just to name a few.
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 ILSN: How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?
IBad Aby  I had made a custom costume of Chun li for a friend of mine for Halloween one year, and her friend who i think was in marketing for Namco Bandai games saw it and was so impressed that they got in contact with me through my friend and then i was doing all the cosplays for Namco’s TEkken 6. That project was super challenging but sooo much fun!
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ILSN: What inspires you when you choose characters?
Bad Aby:  Honestly, the more intricate the costumes the more it excites me.

ILSN: Marvel vs DC vs Anime?

Bad Aby:  MARVEL all the way. i guess im just an old fashion girl like that.

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ILSN: What was your childhood like growing up?

Bad Aby  I want to say normal, but i was a tomboy mixed with a hyper energetic imagination, i got in trouble a lot of playing in places i shouldn’t and hitting boys lol. I had a twin sis and a lil bro to cause havoc with, and it was always interesting when our imaginations came together.

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Bad Aby:  I dream of launching my brand and really taking it as far as i can go. making B.A.D a household name.

ILSN: What do you do to inspire yourself?

Bad Aby:  I relax. when i don’t have a billion things to think about, that’s when i have the best and randomness ideas come to me. i also travel, the world is so inspiring, its absolutely necessary to see the world.
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ILSN: What do you like to do for fun?

Bad Aby:  I like to dance, work out, play outside, shop at IKEA, try new food, and travel.

ILSN: What kind of music do you like?

Bad Aby:  90′s music, hip hop, alternative, and pop.

ILSN:  What kind of nerd are you?

Bad Aby:  A sexy intellectual nerd.
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ILSN:  is there anything you are promoting right now?

Bad Aby:  Only my FB PAGE. lol. i have so many things in the works that i can’t talk about just yet that i can only promote my page and encourage everyone to stay tuned!

ILSN: What is the nerdiest thing you have done?

Bad Aby:  Invented the Sharkini. lol Oh and did my own taxes.

ILSN: Do people ever recognize you when you go out?166975_228411453884062_288808054_n

Bad Aby:  No, cuz i never really go out lol.

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ILSN:  What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?

Bad Aby:  well i guess they’d be these $300 litas (shoes) i really really wanted them and wouldn’t stop talking about them so someone finally just bought them for me.
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ILSN:  What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?

Bad Aby:  hmm… nurse costume?
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ILSN: Favorite food?

Bad Aby:  BURGERS!!! and bacon

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ILSN: Favorite Movies?

Bad Aby:  Anything with Wwill Ferrel in it.
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ILSN: Favorite Video Games?

Bad Aby:  Tetris. I’m so old school lol
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Check out her pages
Websites.

Facebook page

twitter page

twitter.com/badaby

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NERD of the MONTH Karen Sakai

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Do you have a mini bio about yourself? 
My name is Karen Sakai. I’m a part-time model & cosplayer. I’m also a co-host on the world famous podcast, Alpha Nerds. My real job is a primatologist/anthropologist. I study the culture of pongids (the great apes) & I have communicated via ASL with chimpanzees. The facility was shut down because many people thought it was unethical to take an endangered species and cross-foster them with a entirely different species (us). For now, I am just decoding data from past communication as a post-bach and I’m working toward either becoming a Naval officer or a Ph.D student in primatology.1521672_746341178727976_1868449052_n

I see you were a Military Police in the Navy.  What is the craziest story you could tell us?
I remember when a captain (O6) was high off heroine and beat a young sailor with a Mag light until she passed out. I also saw much trafficking in the USA. Human organs were used in the black market for surgery as well as consumption. That was quite odd to see.1901400_781303138565113_621993396_n
What is your weapon of choice?
If this is referring to the Navy, I really enjoyed using the M-16 rifle. 
Q:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m half Caucasian (Irish, German) and half Japanese. I have D34 implants, and a white girl booty (haha). I’m highly educated, but I also have a great sense of humor. I hope to become successful in modeling and I hope to be discovered and make that a career. I know many famous models will get cocky in the long run & lose their kind personalities, but I know for a fact that no matter how popular I get, I want my fans to know that I’m approachable and friendly. I want to be be a leader that not all models are full of themselves and that they know their popularity relies on their fans. At this point, I have very low-self esteem due to being bullied and segregated in the past (mainly for being a “Eurasian”) and hearing wonderful compliments really help me. So I guess I want to thank each & every person for helping me with my confidence. 603650_781147081914052_2071377552_n
Tell us about your website? ?
I have a few websites such as my Facebook fan page, Twitter, Instagram, Twitch.TV, Miss Playboy Social, and I currently just applied to be on Suicide Girls and Model Mayhem. I do have a site where people can buy my photos which is karensakai.storenvy.com. I hope to earn some income there so I can improve my cosplaying/modeling and develop a wonderful portfolio. Like I mentioned, my popularity depends on my fans and that means I need happy fans!! (:1958441_780723391956421_1587701327_n

How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?

Funny story! I was always into cosplaying but when I started to do it which was around the end of 1999-2000, females that were into nerdy/geeky/game-like stuff was not acceptable. I was bullied and picked on for being a “tom-boy” and being a nerd. Because of that, it shut me down to want to cosplay and I also kept my love of comics, games, table-top games, larping, a secret. Now that every other female is into that, I feel like it’s safe to start back up. Sadly, I feel like I started to late and although I might have been one of the first American females to be into cosplaying, I let the bullying and self-deappreciation get to me.
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What inspires you when you choose characters?
I always had a heart for characters that were under appreciated it. I feel like those characters represented myself growing up. My first cosplay was Weevil Underwood (Insector Haga) from Yu-Gi-Oh! He was sassy, confident, & under appreciated, thus, I felt a close connection to him. Another character that I really liked is Malon from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. She was a innocent girl that loved animals which is something I love as well: animals. I couldn’t not cosplay as Malon because I did not have the resources nor knowledge or money to create her outfit and style. I hope to on day cosplay as her and even use live horses as a prop.1964987_777764058919021_1225821946_n
Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
I like all three, but my favorite would have to be Marvel. Probably because I was exposed to Marvel the most. I really liked the character Wolverine because he had lots of self-confidence as well as a love for Japan. He even had children that were half Japanese, again, something that related to me. (:
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I hope to become more popular with the modeling/cosplaying thing. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll probably be in school working on my thesis for my Ph.D. That, or a Naval officer. Ha ha.
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What do you do to inspire yourself?
Things that inspire me are my pets, video games, comics, and friends. Oh and of course the podcast. I meet great folks from guests on the podcasts and when I add them on their personal Facebook, I realize what nice people they are. They give me tips on better cosplay as well as motivation to keep up my modeling.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy everyday girly things like shopping, makeup, reading comic books and past anthropological works or ethnographies. I also enjoy gardening and cooking. What I recently discovered is yoga & pilates!! It’s so much fun and relaxing and it’s great for your body!!!
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What kind of music do you like?
I like all music. But my favorite would have to be power metal and R&B.
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What kind of nerd are you?
I like everything. But my favorite “nerdy” thing is video games.
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Is there anything you are promoting right now?
Since I’m new and not really “out there” I’m just promoting my Store Envy site so fans can purchase some photos. That will bring in some income which will help me purchase more outfits and what not. I have a Amazon wishlist, but no one has gotten me anything yet, ha ha.
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What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
I used to larp Warcraft when I was in elementary school. It felt really great. During that time, I lived in an abusive broken home, but larping was a way for me to be someone else, someone that I wanted to be, either a prince or a princess *cough cough Arthas Menethil / Princess Zelda*
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Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
I wish, but I’m not that popular yet.
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What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
The craziest gift I ever received was a donation of 50$. The guy didn’t even know me & was watching me play League of Legends and I received an e-mail saying he donated 50 bucks to me. I tried hard not to cry because I was streaming live, but I did tear and ruin some of my makeup. Ha ha.
What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
The hottest costume I ever wore was my birthday suit!!!
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Favorite food?
My favorite food is Thai!!
Next is Japanese food, because that’s comfort food for me. (=
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Favorite Movies?
My favorite movies are chick flicks haha. I really enjoyed Jurassic Park (not a chick flick, LOL), the Notebook, & Sleepy Hallow. Ha ha. Oh and of course all Disney movies. =p
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Favorite Video Games?
Hands down, all Zelda games and all Harvest Moons. But anything that’s an RPG I love.
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Give me the links to the following.
Probably my Store Envy : http://www.karensakai.storenvy.com
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Any final thoughts or words?

Yes, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to answer these questions. I feel honored & warm-hearted that you gave me this chance to get myself out there. People like you give models the chance to get themselves noticed and without people like you, I would be no where. Thank you once again. Or should I say, どもありがとうございます。本当にありがとう。
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Thanks a million
No, thank YOU for giving me the chance to answer these. I hope I answered everything correctly, & please let me know if you need anything else,
 
- Karen Sakai
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Rian Synnth Nerd of the Month

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              The 2014 NERD of the month is Rian Synnth.  She is from So Cal and likes to go to cons in So Cal.  She was nice enough to do a Q and A with us.

ILSN:  First question.  How did you get the name Rian Synnth?

Rian Synnth: When my mom was pregnant with me they thought I may be a boy, and if I was I was going to be named Ryan. I actually really loved the babe, but I wanted to spell it differently, more feminine I guess, so I guess that’s when Rian came to be. As for Synnth, she was actually one of my characters on World of Warcraft lol1375648_495796197185124_873285078_n

ILSN:Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Rian Synnth: Well as you probably know I’m a huge nerd, I particularly love gaming. I’m also a dancer, and have been doing color guard competitively for many years now.

2013-11-03 04.15.52ILSN:  Cool cosplay costumes!  What inspires you when you choose characters?

Rian Synnth: Thank you! Many things give me inspiration, but mostly characters I relate to a lot.944852_528972167200860_1803888531_n

ILSN:  What is the one cosplay outfit you are most proud of?

Rian Synnth: That’s a hard one, I guess I want to say Russell! Russell didn’t get a lot of popularity with the con, but I love that particular cosplay because almost every part of it was hand made and that is the one I put the most craftsmanship into.

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Rian Synnth: Marvel! Though I have been getting a lot more into DC as of lately.2013-11-03 04.15.55

ILSN:  What was your childhood like growing up?

Rian Synnth: I was raised by my two brothers basically. My two NERDY brothers. I have no sisters, and my mom had to work all the time. From the get go I was surrounded by games, all the time. Pokemon cards, SNES, N64, and so much more. Both my brothers and my dad all game so it wasn’t shocking when I started to as well. My brothers definitely have shaped me into the nerd I am today.

2013-11-03 04.16.05ILSN:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Rian Synnth: Hopefully either finished with school or finishing up, I’m not sure what I want to go to school for yet so I guess this gives me time to figure it out. I definitely still want to be dancing and cosplaying that’s for sure!2013-11-03 04.16.38

ILSN:  What do you do to inspire yourself?

Rian Synnth: I definitely find my inspiration in the wildest of places, a whole lot of Disney movies and Disneyland. Lots of video games lately though.2013-11-03 04.16.14

ILSN:  What do you like to do for fun?

Rian Synnth: When I do find time between work and rehearsal, I game!

ILSN:  What kind of music do you like?

Rian Synnth: I can honestly say I like almost every genre of music, I especially enjoy classic rock and emo, and prog metal.

2013-11-03 04.16.20ILSN:  What kind of nerd are you?

Rian Synnth: Gamer girl! More than anything else.

 ILSN:  Is there anything you are promoting right now?

Rian Synnth: I’m just promoting myself and trying to gain some traction on my page! I am also going to be in a web series on YouTube called Young Justice: Abduction where I will be playing Zatanna.

ILSN:  What is the nerdiest thing you have done?

Rian Synnth:  LAN parties… Lots and lots and LOTS of LAN parties. My boyfriend and I would set up with our neighbors in their garage like every week and set up laptops and monitors and xboxs anywhere there was space. Did I mention we didn’t sleep for like, days? Lol

2013-11-03 04.15.15ILSN:  Do people ever recognize you when you go out?

Rian Synnth: Actually the first time that has happened was Comikaze this year! People recognized me out of costume and it was really awesome!

ILSN:  What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?

Rian Synnth: I wish I could say my fans have sent me love mail! But sadly I have not received any fan mail :(

ILSN:  What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?

Rian Synnth: Zatanna has definitely been my most revealing cosplay to date!

ILSN:  Favorite food?

Rian Synnth: Sushi, and not just because I’m Asian ;)

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Rian Synnth: Start simple and work your way up, I have definitely been guilty of buying off more than I can chew. Have fun! That is definitely the most important part.

1378684_490066864424724_1248657888_nFavorite Movies?

Rian Synnth: The Little Mermaids is my all time favorite movie ever!1382023_490067147758029_218061813_n

ILSN:Favorite Video Games?

Rian Synnth: that’s a hard one! It’s hard to pick just one, but Gears of War and Zelda are just a couple of my favorites.1393784_490062611091816_513563865_n

ILSN: Give me the links to the following.
Websites.
facebook: www.facebook.com/RianSynnth
Twitter: @RianSynnth

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Nerd of the Month Yuks General!

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ILSN Nerd of the month is Yuks General Cosplay.    She is new to the cosplay scene and a advid gamer.  

IloveSEXYnerds:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Yuks:  I got into cosplay since Anime Expo 2013, and after a short while I started working on armor building. I mainly work with thermoplastic, leather, Acrylic sheets, PVC, gesso, metal, etc. Plus I love adding EL or LED lights on my project! I don’t usually use foam or craft foam because I cant sand it (I am a primer and sanding freak…). I learned everything from Google and friends. I am also a part of the Compulsive Cosplay.  Cosplay and prop making are fantastic. I am willing and ready to devote myself to them under any cost.1378675_361253674008837_1643425488_n

IloveSEXYnerds: How did you get into Cosplay?1383813_364481503686054_969687295_n

Yuks:   2013 Anime Expo I was dragged along by my friends. I was in my tin top, shorts and boots, and people started to call me Lora Croft and ask for pictures.

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IloveSEXYnerds:  How do your friends feel about it?

Yuks:   They had no idea what cosplay was before, but once I started it, they became the first wave of fans XD.

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IloveSEXYnerds:  How much time do you spend on an average cosplay outfit?

Yuks:   My costume making process is very intense and efficient. For my Frosted Ezreal cosplay, I spend only 4 days in total while maintaining 8 hours of work every day (I am a full time project manager in Hotel Management industry). The cannon arm took me total 7 hours including light set up, primer, sanding and painting.1379284_361781027289435_1403310862_n

IloveSEXYnerds:  What is the most INTERESTING thing that has ever happened to you at a convention?

Yuks:   In the League of Legend Championship Final, a fan asked for a picture of “carrying” Ezreal.

IloveSEXYnerds:  Do you like traditional Marvel/DC or anime?

Yuks:   Yes, I love anime but I am more of a gamer nerd.1376344_361789240621947_1583797831_n

IloveSEXYnerds:  What was your childhood like growing up?

Yuks:   I was raised in a military family. They taught me discipline and independence.1393345_364088577058680_1848179264_n

IloveSEXYnerds:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Yuks:   I don’t know. I am the only person here in the U.S. so I can just pack and go anywhere I want.1391470_364420313692173_431653077_n

IloveSEXYnerds:  What is the greatest experiment you have ever had at a convention?

Yuks:   The greatest thing about convention is always party with friends.1382406_364481487019389_974623699_n

IloveSEXYnerds:  What do you do to inspire yourself?

Yuks:   That armor looks so cool I want to make it.1383813_364481503686054_969687295_n

IloveSEXYnerds:   What do you like to do for fun?

Yuks:   Martial arts, video games, yaoi things, and prop making.1390497_10151652131531148_823710505_n

IloveSEXYnerds:   What kind of music do you like?

Yuks:    EDM960193_702055419814193_1343476413_n

IloveSEXYnerds:   what kind of nerd are you?

Yuks:   Gamer Otaku nerd1450288_383374921796712_718423906_n
IloveSEXYnerds:   is there anything you are promoting right now?

Yuks:   My page? I just started this whole thing so I will give it a little while to grow.
IloveSEXYnerds:  What is the nerdiest thing you have done?

Yuks:   Hentai giggles for yaoi moments…

IloveSEXYnerds:   Do people ever recognize you when you go out?

Yuks:   No. I don’t have a large fan base yet.

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IloveSEXYnerds:   What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?

Yuks:   A Sengoku Basara art book all the way brought from Japan…

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IloveSEXYnerds:   What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?

Yuks:   I will say Poison from Street Fighters x Tekken according to people’s reaction.1422833_10200815909992684_834561830_n

IloveSEXYnerds:   Favorite food?

Yuks:   Sushi and Takoyaki!1456998_10200815906432595_1149763340_n

IloveSEXYnerds:   Favorite Movies?

Yuks:   Garfield, Puss in Boots, any cat movie…

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Yuks:   Oh man there are too many… Diablo, World of Warcraft, Assassin Creed, God of War, Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, Sengoku Basara, Total War, etc…

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IloveSEXYnerds:   Give me the links to the following.

Worldcosplay     http://worldcosplay.net/member/107666/1420380_10200815889872181_342945179_n

IloveSEXYnerds:  I got into cosplay since Anime Expo 2013, and after a short while I started working on armor building. I mainly work with thermoplastic, leather, Acrylic sheets, PVC, gesso, metal, etc. Plus I love adding EL or LED lights on my project! I dont usually use foam or craftfoam because I cant sand it (I am a primer and sanding freak…). I learnt everything from google and friends. I am also a part of the Compulsive Cosplay.Any final thoughts or words?1393345_364088577058680_1848179264_n

Thank you so much for this opportunity, I have a few projects coming out soon, so be prepared for the incredible craftsmanship and MAYBE sexy photos as well XD.

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Nerd of the Month Sachie

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Hey! Thanks for the feature.
Q:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Sachie! I’m a cosplayer, vlogger, and future cat lady from Toronto, Canada. I’m really into anime, manga, and gaming. I love drawing and working on creative projects!555317_322369177818860_1817492732_n
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What kind of nerd are you?

The otaku kind? Hahah!

Tell us about your youtube page?I have a youtube channel called youtube.com/sachie  I basically just vlog about exciting things that are happening in my life, videos about my cosplay progress, recommendations for anime/manga, and occasionally reviews!

206155_368809473174830_499524207_nWhat are your inspirations when you post videos? 
Other youtubers really inspire me to make more content – when I see other people making cool videos, I feel the urge to make my own!

392492_322245947831183_1632867733_nAt what point did you feel you could be a professional youtuber? 
I’d love to be able to make views as a full time job! I feel like in order to become a full-time content creator, you need to be able to produce high quality content/videos, as well as growing a fan base who is interested in what you do!

1200_500662356656207_421683308_nHow much time do you spend on an average cosplay outfit?
It depends on what parts of the costume I am making, how many props/complexity of the overall outfit. But overall, many, man hours haha.

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Marvel vs DC?
I feel ashamed for saying this but I don’t really know! I haven’t really delved into the world of comics very much… ;_; I’m more of an anime/manga person!
What was your childhood like growing up?  
Really good! But really deprived of geeky stuff. My parents aren’t really fans of geek culture, so I never had much of that stuff growing up, I had to discover it all on my own. Luckily my best friend in elementary school was also into anime/manga, so we spent a lot of time researching and finding new geeky things to explore!
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
 Graduating university, hopefully working at a job I really enjoy! Fingers crossed it has something to do with media/content creation, since that’s what I’m majoring in.
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What do you do to inspire yourself?
 Listen to music, watch other youtubers, or draw!
What do you like to do for fun? 
Hang out with friends, go to concerts/art events, draw/paint, and of course make videos!
What kind of music do you like?
I love lots of different genres! Very much into electronic, indie, kpop/jpop, and pop.
Is there anything you are promoting right now?
I’ve currently got a show on Geek and Sundry where I talk about all things related to cosplay!

315039_237883776267401_540471066_nWhat is the nerdiest thing you have done?

I’m pretty sure cosplaying is one of the nerdiest things I do… I mean, what could be nerdier than dressing up as a fictional comic/anime/gaming character at comiccon? Haha!

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Do people ever recognize you when you go out? 
I’ve been recognized at university a couple of times, as well as at comic cons. I’ve also been recognized twice while shopping in downtown Toronto! It’s insane because I don’t even consider myself to be that popular. It’s a lovely feeling when somebody approaches you on the street saying they like your cosplays / videos though!
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What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Hm… There’s one person who keeps writing and sending marriage proposals to my PO box haha….. Other than that, one girl painted a picture of me on canvas! It’s lovely!1381472_562824357106673_296688466_n
What is the hottest costume you have ever worn? 
I don’t really do too many ‘sexy’ costumes, but I did cosplay as Black Gold Saw at Anime North / Fan Expo a while back! Black leather jackets, bikinis, horns, giant weapons… Y’know, the works.16584_524997837555992_622180612_n

Favorite food?

Korean bbq!! *drools*

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Favorite Movies?
Recently watched Monster’s University, definitely one of the cutest videos I’ve seen. Other than that, almost all movies by Studio Ghibli are my favourites! Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro…etc!
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Favorite Video Games?
Team Fortress 2, Professor Layton series and Fire Emblem!
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IloveSEXYnerds NERD of the MONTH Aja Dang

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972085_556657197704571_898837820_nOctobers Nerd of the month is Aja Dang.  She is a cosplayer, Maxim Model, spokes person and an environmental advocate!   Check out her Youtube Channel at Youtube.com/Ajabdang
ILoveSEXYnerds Q:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Aja Dang:  I’m a TV personality, model, actress, spokeswoman, and environmental advocate with a passion for sports and geek culture. I have more than eight years of on-camera experience and a Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism from USC. I currently have a show with Maxim Magazine called 1 on 1 Sports where I interview professional athletes and they teach me something active within their sport. I’ve played basketball with Shaq, raced against Danica Patrick, learned some combos with Robert Guerrero and lifted with Lou Ferrigno. I also have a Youtube channel (link please) where I vlog, and upload skits and music video parodies. My Blurred Lines parody is constantly named as one of the best parodies. Besides Maxim I’ve worked with FX NetworksClevver MoviesComcast SportsNet Bay Area and Xbox LIVE.969948_551834101520214_595590279_n603901_577922478911376_1505572461_n

ILoveSEXYnerds Q:
Tell us about your website? ?

Aja Dang:   Is this my ajadang.com or my Youtube channel? My Youtube channel I started in 2012 and started my Ask Aja segments where viewers can write in and ask me questions about relationships, life and sex and I’d answer them. I’ve since started doing skits and music video parodies and plan on doing more of the latter. I find skits and parodies more engaging.
935065_551938454843112_428876184_nILoveSEXYnerds Q:   What do you miss about living in Hawaii?
  Aja Dang:   I miss being with my family and living an active life outdoors. In LA it takes so long to drive to the beach or a hike. In Hawaii my background was Manoa Falls so it’s more difficult for me doing activities outside in LA.
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Cool cosplay costumes!  What inspires you when you choose characters?
Aja Dang:   I like choosing characters that aren’t mainstream. This year, my Psylocke costume was a topic of concern for Maxim because they didn’t think anyone would know who she was – I knew better though ;) My costumes have become so popular I’m developing a Youtube series around my cosplay characters. 1011967_548229121880712_190840426_n

ILoveSEXYnerds Q:   Marvel vs DC?

Aja Dang:   I’m neutral – I like specific characters within the different universes so I don’t prefer one over the other. 1075301_553844061319218_1396056320_n
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ILoveSEXYnerds Q:   What was your childhood like growing up?
Aja Dang:   It was great. Very family oriented and spent a lot of time hanging out outside either playing sports, at the park or at the beach. Lots of big family dinners every week, that is definitely something I miss being away from my family.
ILoveSEXYnerds Q:   Where do you see yourself five years from now?A_pMAzHCMAEAOy2
Aja Dang:   I see myself having a popular travel show and then becoming a brand name when I launch my travel accessories line and travel books.
ILoveSEXYnerds Q:   What do you do to inspire yourself?
Aja Dang:   I have a list of the Top 10 I wish to accomplish in my life – I look at it every day.
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ILoveSEXYnerds Q:   What do you like to do for fun?
Aja Dang:   I like going on hikes and going out to eat! I’m also learning Jiu Jitsu right now from my friends the Gracie family so hopefully I can get my first belt in the next couple months. I also LOVE to travel, so if I have a couple days, I’ll leave LA.
ILoveSEXYnerds Q:   What kind of music do you like?
Aja Dang:   I like RnB and Neo-Soul
ILoveSEXYnerds Q:   What kind of nerd are you?
Aja Dang:   I’m a very unassuming nerd. It shocks people when I start talking about Guardians of the Galaxy, like they don’t expect a hot chick to know her shit.
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ILoveSEXYnerds Q:   Is there anything you are promoting right now?
Aja Dang:   I’m promoting my show on Maxim.com and Xbox Live (Maxim has an app so be sure to subscribe!) And of course my Youtube channel, where I upload one a week.
ILoveSEXYnerds Q:   What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
Aja Dang:   I think cosplay is pretty nerdy but it’s even nerdier when you do it outside of conventions, in real life. I tend to put myself in situation where I can throw on my costumes lol.
ILoveSEXYnerds Q:   Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
Aja Dang:   On occasion. I usually get recognized at home in Hawaii but I was just recognized at a baseball game, which was fun. Mostly they know me from my Youtube channel and Instagram page.
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ILoveSEXYnerds Q:   What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Aja Dang:   I haven’t gotten any gifts yet!!!
ILoveSEXYnerds Q:   What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
Aja Dang:   Psylocke tends to be a fan favoriteILoveSEXYnerds Q:   Favorite food?Aja Dang:   Sushi.264424_529236210446670_473601118_n
ILoveSEXYnerds Q:   Favorite Movies?
Aja Dang:   For a Good Time Call.
Aja-DangILoveSEXYnerds Q:   Favorite Video Games?
Aja Dang:   Mortal Kombat. Super Mario Bros – I’m an old school gamer.
ILoveSEXYnerds Q:   Give me the links to the following.
Aja Dang:
Website: ajadang.com
facebook page: https///www.facebook.com/ajadang
twitter page: http://www.twitter.com/ajadang
youtube: http://www.youtube.com/ajabdang

IloveSEXYnerd NERD of the MONTH OneWEIcafe

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This months ILOVEsexyNERDS.com NERD of the month is OneWEICafe.  She is a cosplayer, model, photographer and designer.  She currently runs ONeWeiCafe.com

ILSN:  Tell us a little bit about yourself?

OneWeiCafe:  My goal: Learn, Create, and Inspire!  I am a designer, seamstress, model, and photographer. I support every type of artists. I want to learn and create everything I can from my knowledge. I love to travel and show what midwest have to offer!

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425358_10150584268271661_881147442_nILSN:  Tell us about your website:

OneWeiCafe:   OneWei Cafe was once my artist alley name, but now it is just a portfolio for my work. You’ll see my creations, cosplays, designs, photography, and weekly #LingerieTuesday. I’m just a nerd that loves what I do!

1233404_624424860935500_1760672441_nILSN:  why are your outfits so awesome and who inspired you for your style?

OneWeiCafe:   I do not really have a style, my passion for anime, games, and figures. They inspire me to love and make what I find to be beautiful! My style is what appeals to my eyes and what I find pleasing.

ILSN:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?579539_10151168270341661_191462502_n

OneWeiCafe:   I am an artist, I will keep working hard and hope to inspire, also help others shape a different world! I do not plan to be anything more special or popular, I just hope people appreciate my nerdiness and what I make!250163_10151169392536661_1851667522_n

ILSN:  Do you like being in front of the camera or behind?

OneWeiCafe:   I like being behind the camera and showing off others work while improving my skills in photography. Being behind the camera will help better my art!

ILSN:  What do you like to do for fun?

OneWeiCafe:   I travel and I am a foodie! I travel to conventions but also spend time in the city to make new friends and just enjoy life. All work and no play is not healthy, I try to appreciate everyone and everything while being stress free.

579860_10151496044531661_1101382581_nILSN:  What kind of nerd are you?

OneWeiCafe:   That is an odd question, and I think I’m the best kind! The one you can look and be tell I am a nerd by my looks or personality! I am into anime, games, sci fi, and figures! Anything and everything.

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ILSN:is there anything you are promoting right now?

OneWeiCafe:   I do a yearly charity event, but sadly this year will be the first I will not be making it to the event. I do work for Eyestrane.Com as a correspondent and CosplayPhotographer.Net as a contributor! Both sites are to help inspire others!

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ILSN:  What is the nerdiest thing you have done?

OneWeiCafe:   I got a vault hunter tattoo! I am a vault hunter. Borderlands is one of my favorite games, and the only game that I would spend days playing until I played through. I can not wait for the next one!!

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ILSN:  Do people ever recognize you when you go out?

OneWeiCafe:   I am not sure! I have bumped into people that knew me during a layover multiple times. I try to make sure I do not only have “fans”, I try to make everyone a friend!

Websites.

http://www.OneWeiCafe.Com

facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OneWei.Cafe

ILSN:  Any final thoughts or words?

OneWeiCafe:   I am grateful for everything that ever happens, and happy to know someone takes an interest in my work! Thank You!             403240_10151551934936661_568051828_n   1175506_10151764172281661_1861688162_n

IloveSEXYnerds NERD of the MONTH Ani-Mia

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Bio: I started modeling in 2001 and began getting involved with cosplay in 2008. Since then, I have been working to put together a varied cosplay portfolio. I consider myself a well rounded individual who takes pride in my intelligence, creativity and cosplay.
I have now had the opportunity to travel to conventions across the country, judge numerous costume contest, appear in both online and print magazines and meet tons of amazing people both industry and fans! The one thing I really want to help do is bring the cosplay community together as a whole and have run a panel on this exact topic.

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Ani-Mia:  I’ve been a cosplayer for over 5 years now, though I started modeling back in 2001. I’m a huge geek who loves movies (especially sci-fi and horror movies), anime, comic books, fantasy novels and video games (mainly RPGs). I’m a big goof ball and love to quote movies all the time.

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ILSN:  Tell us about your website?

Ani-Mia:   I’m currently working on a website that will highlight my cosplaying and modeling but currently use my Facebook page to display my pictures, post funny pictures and memes I find throughout the day and communicate with my fans.179291_559044414116557_956706743_n

ILSN:  why are your outfits so awesome and who inspired you for your style?

Ani-Mia:   Ha ha, thanks for the compliment. My outfits weren’t always ‘awesome’ and my first cosplay was actually a hot mess. It’s always a learning experience when I create my costumes because I try to push myself to try new techniques will all of my costumes and when something comes together, I am so happy. I try to always stick to the original costumes as much as possible but I also try to make them something that you could actually see in real life.

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ILSN:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Ani-Mia:   Five years from now, I hope to be able to take this from a full-time hobby to something that I can do all the time. Though I have a full-time desk job that I go to every day, cosplaying is what truly makes me happy. So hopefully, I will be able to travel to more conventions and really contribute to the cosplay and convention communities.

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ILSN:  What do you like to do for fun?

Ani-Mia:   For fun I work on my cosplays, but I like to relax by watching movies and my favorite tv shows. I also play video games whenever I get the chance though I don’t do it as much since I tend to get really absorbed into RPGs and can lose a lot of time to them.

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ILSN:  What kind of music do you like?

Ani-Mia:   I like anything but country but I tend to like Trip-Hop like Portishead or classical instruments with bass like Lindsey Stirling.

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ILSN:  What kind of nerd are you?

Ani-Mia:   I’m a little bit of everything. I like comics, horror movies, sci-fi shoes, anime, video games and love to collect toys (especially Funko Pops)

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ILSN:  Is there anything you are promoting right now?

Ani-Mia:   Right now I’m an active Crunchyroll Ambassador which I love to promote because that’s where I go to watch all of my anime since they offer simulcasts from Japan.

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ILSN:  What is the nerdiest thing you have done?62769_570003096354022_2123882902_n

IAni-Mia:   Pretty much hyperventilated when I met Richard and Wendy Pini who are the creators of the first comic book series I’ve ever read, Elfquest. Someone in line saw me and handed me a bunch of old prints from them and said, “I want you to have these because I think you would appreciate them even more than I would.” I was in shock as they just walked away. And then I cried. haha

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ILSN:  Do people ever recognize you when you go out?

Ani-Mia:   Sometimes. When I am around cons I get recognized and I was recognized once at my favorite geek bar but for the most part, I feel like I’m like Clark Kent in my regular life…no one knows my secret identity.

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ILSN:  What is the craziest gift anybody has ever given you?969965_607976669223331_64591224_n

Ani-Mia:   I’ve never really gotten a crazy gift. I’ve gotten some amazing gifts but nothing really crazy. I’m still amazed when I get gifts and am usually in shock at the absolute kindness of people. It makes me feel good and I always try to pay it forward.

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Ani-Mia:    So far, I’d have to say my Zatanna. I try not to always do sexy costumes because I don’t want to be known for just doing sexy cosplay. That was the first time where I really pushed ‘the girls’ out there and apparently it turned out really well. I even got John Barrowman’s attention. ha ha ha

ILSN:  What is the sexiest thing you have ever done?

Ani-Mia:   I plead the fifth.557281_624885107532487_668902728_n

ILSN:  Favorite Movies?

Ani-Mia:   All time favorite movie is Boondock Saints. Second favorite is The Fifth Element.

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ILSN:  Favorite Video Games?

Ani-Mia:   Anything by Square, especially the Final Fantasy series and Metal Gear Solid but I also love games by Bethesda like Oblivion and Skyrim.

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Check out her LINKS
Store: http://animia.storenvy.com
Facebook page: http://facebook.com/Ani.Mia.Cosplay
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/AniMiaOfficial
Instagram: http://instagram.com/animiaofficial